The Master of Science in Health Care Management features an integrated curriculum in the study of health care management and leadership. A Capstone Experience will integrate and synthesize health care management skills and competencies.
The Program has been designed for health care administrators, managers, nurses and other health care providers, or any health related professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and expertise in the specific application of health care management and leadership. Applicants who have not previously studied health care management are welcome.
The challenges facing current health care administrators, managers and providers seem to be overwhelming in today's chaotic environment. The College of Saint Elizabeth, recognizing the need for new models of health care delivery and leadership, has developed a diverse and broad-based program that provides a greater multidisciplinary and humanistic understanding of the current challenges and opportunities in the health care industry.
The purpose of the course of study provided by the program is to better enable health care leaders to provide strategic leadership for their organizations and to enhance their own careers. The Program promotes personal and professional integrity, fosters ethical decision-making, and encourages students to make productive use of leading edge technology. The Program emphasizes the development of critical thinking, ethical leadership and management, as well as advanced research skills.
Stressing humanistic leadership, management, and analytic competencies, the program focuses on offering the student opportunities to develop and expand the knowledge and skills required to excel both professionally and personally. Teamwork and peer collaboration are encouraged.
The M.S. in Health Care Management consists of a total of 39 credit hours. Students are required to complete "Graduate Writing Seminar" and "Health Care Systems and Environments" as their first courses of study. The program credit hours are distributed as follows:
* No elective credit hours are required if Thesis is selected as the Capstone Experience.
**It is anticipated that it will take two semesters to complete the Thesis option. The student must register and pay for 3 credits in both of these semesters.
Applicants must follow all of the admission criteria for graduate programs including, but not limited to:
Transfer of credit into the graduate program will be subject to the evaluation and approval of the Program Director. A maximum of 6 credits can be accepted in transfer into the M.S. in Health Care Management Program. All transfer credits must carry a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). All courses in the Multidisciplinary Core must be taken at the College of Saint Elizabeth.
Completion of the program will be determined by successful completion of all course work with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. In addition, students must receive a "pass" grade for their Capstone Experience.
Students are expected to enroll continuously until the program is completed. With the exception of students who are on an approved Leave of Absence (see the Leave of Absence Policy in this Graduate Catalog), any student who has not registered for a course for 2 consecutive semesters (fall / spring) must pay one credit of graduate tuition in each subsequent semester until the student registers for a course. This continued enrollment fee is required in order to maintain standing in the program. Should the student not pay the continued enrollment fee, the student will have to reapply for admission to the program should the student want to continue in the program.
For the Capstone Experience, students who do not successfully complete the Thesis option in 2 semesters, or any of the other Capstone Experience options in 1 semester, are required to pay one credit of graduate tuition each semester until completion through course GST 650.
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